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Rush to judgment on George Zimmerman reminiscent of mob behavior
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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... "Curiously, as Obama’s political base in "stand your ground"-free Chicago prepares for a Trayvon Martin march today, the names of last weekend’s 10 dead/49 wounded seem destined for obscurity. Evidently these lacked an important exploitable factor."

"Lost in all this: George Zimmerman is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. That’s a presumption that’s supposed to be afforded all of us, regardless of race or affiliations." ...
 

Children killing children: That’s entertainment!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"So, let’s see if we have this straight; a new film about children fighting to the death on live television in a futuristic society until one is left standing is expected to gross maybe $130 million this weekend while critics rave, and back here in real life, we’re still sorting through two tragic shootings involving children and people wonder why kids may be fatally fascinated with firearms." ...
 

Gun Boom Continues Despite Florida Shooting
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"Despite calls for stricter guns laws in response to the shooting of Trayvon Martin, firearm stocks are soaring as gun companies struggle to keep up with high demand."

"Shares of Sturm Ruger & Co. (RGR) were up as high as 14 percent Thursday afternoon after CEO Michael Fifer announced the company was temporarily suspending its acceptance of new orders in an effort to meet a dramatic surge in demand for its products." ...

"Ruger received more than a million order requests in the first quarter of 2012."

"Shares of rival firearm maker Smith & Wesson (SWHC) were similarly up about 13 percent Thursday — a sign, gun proponents say, that Americans are not swayed by the recent protests." ...
 

Gun Show Fever! (It all began in Ohio)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The latest issue of the NRA's American Hunter magazine features an interesting article by Philip Schreier, senior curator at the National Firearms Museum in suburban Washington D.C."

"Entitled 'Gun Show Fever!,' the article celebrates the sights, sounds and smells, the excitement and celebration of freedom that are today's gun show." ...
 

Rock Island 1911A1 Review: Reliable, affordable, but far from pure
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Last year, John Browning’s storied handgun reached its 100th anniversary and during its existence the 1911 has become available in a wide variety of styles, from a multitude of makers, and at wildly divergent prices. So why am I talking about the Rock Island 1911? Because out of all of them, Rock Island makes 1911s for the average Joe. On top of that, it's a good, reliable pistol." ...
 

Gun Review: Ruger SR22
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Sturm, Ruger & Co. has been a major player in the .22 pistol market since its corporate coming out party in 1949. The company has been selling variations on the Ruger Standard pistol for over sixty years, so when Ruger brings an altogether different .22LR pistol to market, people notice. Ruger’s newest Smurf gun is the Ruger SR22™. Except for the ammo, the little DA/SA .22 has nothing in common with the rest of the company’s excellent rimfire pistol line." ...
 

Self-Defense Tip [courtesy WREG's April Thompson]: De-escalate (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"As this video shows, a deadly encounter can develop in seconds. Lucky for WREG reporter April Thompson and cameraman Ben Short, the confrontation with a gun-toting local didn’t escalate. And it was mostly luck; neither Thompson or Short acted appropriately in the face of an irate aggressor. Let’s break it down . . ." ...
 

Gear Review: Streamlight TLR-1 on a Rifle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I’m getting ready for a low light 3-gun, and part of that is figuring out some way to see what I’m shooting. There’s a penalty for those using night vision, so the obvious choice was a flashlight of some sort. Being a cheap bastard I didn’t want to drop more than $150 on the thing, so very quickly my choice became obvious: the Streamlight TLR-1. But how well does it work on a rifle?" ...
 

"Rock Your Rimfire": Nikon Offering $50 Rebate on Rimfire Scopes (VIDEO)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Just in time for spring plinking, Nikon is offering a $50 mail-in rebate on qualifying rimfire scopes. If you purchase a Nikon ProStaff rimfire scope between tomorrow, March 24th and April 28th, you can get more than half off. And Nikon is giving away scope mounts, too." ...
 

What is the Very Best Bullet for Your All-purpose Gun?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Much has been made by us shooters over the years about having one, all purpose gun that can handle about any task you can ask of it and often such discussions about what gun this is segue into debates about what is the most universally useful caliber on the market. But what can be said about only having one type of bullet in that caliber? A projectile—be it hollowpoint, jacketed or target ammo—that will work in every situation and that will eliminate the need to buy, carry or think about different rounds? " ...
 

George Zimmerman Was One of Josh Sugarman’s Concealed Carry Killers. Or Not.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Josh Sugarmann, Executive Director of the Violence Policy Center is experiencing full panty torqueage again. And he’s lying. Again. He’s jumped on the runaway anti-gun bandwagon with a piece for HuffPo titled Trayvon Martin’s Life One of Hundreds Ended by Concealed Carry Killers hyping the VPC’s Concealed Carry Killers meme." ...
 

My Take on the Trayvon Martin Incident
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I've purposely stayed away from all of the hyperbole created by the recent mass-media coverage of the Trayvon Martin incident in Florida. In fact, I didn't even plan on making a post about this, because it's been covered nine ways to Sunday already. If for some reason you are unaware of what that is, do a Google search and you'll get a firehose amount of information. What happened is a tragedy for this young man's family, but it is also a tragedy for the man who pulled the trigger, and truth be told, for the rest of us as well." ...
 

Police: No Grounds For Arrest In Trayvon Martin Death
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Sanford police provided new details Friday in the controversial investigation into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin." ...

"The investigators said George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin, told them initially that he did get out of his car to follow Martin on foot, but the 17-year-old came at him."

"The two got into a fight, and when they were on the ground, Zimmerman claimed Martin hit him in the face and that Zimmerman began yelling for help ..."

"Police said Zimmerman's account, which was corroborated by witnesses, indicates Martin was the aggressor."

"... the lead detective on the case says he played a recording of that voice for Martin's father and the Miami man said the voice was not his son's." ...
 

Zimmerman was on the ground being punched when he shot Trayvon Martin
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... "All the way back on February 27th, the local Orlando Fox station interviewed the witness who dialed 911. Almost none of the thousands of articles since have mentioned any of the details described by the witness. ... On March 16th, the Sanford police department released new details to the Orlando Sentinel. Once again, these details have been ignored or changed by the media."
  1. "The witness reports that George Zimmerman was on the ground and Trayvon is on top of him punching him."
  2. "The witness says that George Zimmerman was screaming and yelling for help."
  3. "Police arrive and find Zimmerman bleeding on his face and the back of his head. He also ... had grass stains on his back. All this confirms the story told by Zimmerman and the witness." ...
 

Bloomberg counsel seeks out-of-work attorneys research Trayvon Martin doctrine, 'ASAP'
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"Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the gun-control group co-chaired by Mayor Bloomberg, is looking for out-of-work lawyers to research doctrine related to the Trayvon Martin case."

"Laurin Grollman, the mayor's senior counsel for firearms policy, sent out the following email, forwarded by a reader:" ...
 

Republicans join call for Trayvon Martin inquiry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Republicans joined the call for an investigation into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin on Friday, adding rare, bipartisan support in the racially-charged case."

"The main Republican presidential contenders each decried the shooting of Martin, a 17-year-old African-American, allegedly by a neighborhood watch member, and joined with President Obama and other Democrats in supporting a Department of Justice investigation into the incident." ...
 

MI: Retired cop turned security guard shoots and kills armed robber (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "The two armed robbers had just forced two store employees to hand them the money in the registers and a safe."

"As the armed robbers were leaving the store, the guard showed up and fatally shot one of them."

"The other robber escaped on foot." ...
 

TX: Pawn Shop Customer With License to Carry Chases Off Would Be Robber
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A TX carry permit holder drew his gun on a would be robber after chasing him from a pawn shop where the thief had just tried to steal a $1200 necklace. When the suspect got to his car he reached under the seat. That’s when the customer drew his own gun and the suspect decided to run for it. The suspect then convinced his mother to report his car as stolen, but police saw through this and now have the identity of the robber." ...
 

Anti-Gun Bigotry Slammed by American Senior Rights Activist
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'Whether it comes from the White House, the United Nations or the local council, the political assault on firearms ownership by law-abiding citizens is bigotry against gun owners,' John M. Snyder charged here today." ...

"'Facts surrounding the Fast and Furious scandal reveal it as an example of this bigotry,' said Snyder. 'The White House ultimately bears responsibility for it. Under an ATF program, thousands of guns were sold illegally to straw purchasers, reportedly with the connivance of Justice Department officials. Many of the guns were transferred to drug cartels in Mexico. Criminals used them in heinous crimes in Mexico and the United States, including in the murder of government agents.'" ...
 

Are reasons for Fast & Furious cover-up becoming clear?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"More breaking news about how Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta – the chief gun smuggling suspect in Operation Fast and Furious – was released more than once by U.S. authorities who had him in custody and probable cause to keep him there is beginning to suggest why there has been such an effort by the Justice Department to keep this story under wraps." ...
 

Catch and release of Fast and Furious target exposes 'Gunwalker' motivation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"With the revelation that prime 'Operation Fast and Furious' suspect Manuel Celis-Acosta was caught in the act of trafficking guns to Mexico, not once, but twice, and released both times, holding on to the belief that 'Project Gunwalker' was designed to interdict gun trafficking, rather than facilitate it, has moved from difficult to flat out impossible. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA, and Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee) seems to agree, and explained as much yesterday on Fox News (see sidebar video):" ...
 

Vitter-Thune Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill Would Balance States vs Individual Gun Owners Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"U.S. Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) recently introduced their Respecting States’ Rights [technically states do not have 'rights'] and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would guarantee the rights of gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines in accordance with the laws of individual states."

"The bill balances the constitutional rights protected by the Second Amendment with the rights of each state to enforce its own laws regarding concealed firearms." ...
 

A gun bill that imposes on states’ rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Weapons legislation often divides people between pro-gun and anti-gun. For example, take a recent bill passed by the Oklahoma legislature to allow residents to openly display their handguns in public. The [NRA] was for it and the Brady Campaign ... opposed it. ..."

"The case is different for a national gun law pending in the U.S. Senate, The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2012. It would allow an individual from any state with a valid ID and a concealed carry permit to carry a concealed handgun into any state that allows its residents to carry concealed firearms ... While the NRA strongly backs this reciprocity bill, some of its members oppose it as a possible forerunner of federal gun licensing." ...
 

NY: NRA News interviews Michelle Schimel, Brian Kolb and Steve McLaughlin (video)
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"NRA News interviews Assemblymembers Michelle Schimel, Brian Kolb and Steve McLaughlin in the LOB during the 3rd Annual Sportsmen & Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day held in Albany, New York on March 20, 2012."
 

IL: Pike County to Cook County: Drop Dead
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Fed up with the control the Chicago machine has exercised over Illinois state politics in general and firearms laws specifically, Pike County has voted to legalize concealed carry effective immediately. The measure was approved on March 20 by a 3,214 to 550 margin in what outdoorwire.com calls one of the largest voter turnouts in county history. 'Historians have stated that this is the first time since 1862 that county voters in any U.S. state have explicitly reversed a state law. ...'"
 

TN: Firearms Group Excluded From Talks On Guns-In-Lots Bill
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"House Speaker Beth Harwell told reporters Thursday that Republican leadership was continuing to work with “all interested parties” on guns-in-lots legislation, a group she says does not include the consistently boisterous Tennessee Firearms Association."

"Speaking at her weekly press conference, the Nashville Republican said her caucus is still searching for the fine line between two of the party’s primary concerns." ...
 

Heller Ruling Opens Floodgates for Victory
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the [SAF], likes to say that he and his team are 'winning back firearms freedoms one lawsuit at a time,' and they’ve been doing a bang-up job of it."

"In the wake of the critical victory in the Supreme Court in the Heller case, Gottlieb teamed up with Heller lead attorney Alan Gura to bring cases against the City of Chicago and several city suburbs over their outright bans on handgun possession, and a suit against a handgun ban by the city of San Francisco. Since then SAF, which already had a pretty solid track record for filing and winning litigation, and Gura have ramped up their efforts filing dozens of court challenges to restrictive gun laws nationwide." ...
 

CA: Judges may allow gun shows at Alameda County Fairgrounds
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gun shows could be headed back to the Alameda County Fairgrounds, with unloaded guns on tethers."

"At a hearing this week on the long-running battle over gun shows at the fairgrounds in Pleasanton, a federal appeals court appeared headed toward a narrow ruling rejecting two gun show promoters' constitutional challenge to county restrictions on firearms at the facility."

"The promoters, Russell and Sally Nordyke, have been trying to overturn a 1998 Alameda County law banning guns from the fairgrounds." ...
 

FL: Florida Police Depts. Distributing False Legal Guidelines To Officers On Wiretapping Law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Now we have proof that police are creating their own laws when it comes to wiretapping arrests."

"A 'legal bulletin' that was compiled by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and distributed to other law enforcement departments in the state is informing officers that they are within their legal rights to arrest citizens who record them, if they specifically state they do not wish to be recorded."

"Nothing could be further from the truth, which is why not a single one of these arrests ever made it to trial, much less a conviction." ...
 

CA: Two Sheriff's deputies under investigation (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The district attorney will decide whether to file criminal charges against two Kern County Sheriff's deputies in the beating of a suspect."

"Sheriff Donny Youngblood declined to go into detail, but confirms the case of "potential excessive force" has been submitted."

"A source with knowledge of the incident was the only person who would go into detail and tell 17 News that two deputies were involved."

"It happened at night more than 30 days ago and was recorded on video by the Sheriff's helicopter." ...
 

MI: Sterling Heights suspends 21 cops in fraud
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"Twenty-one Sterling Heights Police command officers will serve 10- to 30-day suspensions for time-card fraud, city officials said this week." ...

"Investigators discovered officers in the department's Operations Division didn't accurately report leave time on their time cards over a three-month period. ..."

"Officials say it cost the city tens of thousands of dollars."

"Police administration considered the wrongdoing a personnel matter because the only evidence that implicated the officers was their own statements — which can't be used in court under law ..." ...
 

VA: Virginia Man Faces Felony Charges Over Finger Gun Gesture
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"Momma always told you it was impolite to point at people, didn’t she? David Thomas Lovelace apparently wasn’t listening when that lesson was handed down to him and now his lack of regard for motherly wisdom has landed him in jail with two felony charges . . ." ...
 

MD: Baltimore Cop Suspended After Snatching Woman's Cell Phone
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"A Baltimore police officer was quickly suspended after he snatched a cell phone from a woman who was recording him making a traffic stop."

"The woman, who is a city worker, was standing on private property more than 50 feet away from the cop."

"The cop, however, stormed up to her - pointing his own cell phone camera at her - and told her she was on private property, ordering her onto the sidewalk."

"He doesn’t even stop to figure out if she had permission to be on that private property."

"The woman continues recording while on the sidewalk, explaining to him that she had every right to record, which was when he snatched her camera." ...
 

WI: Prison Guard Confronts Man Video Recording Outside Prison Walls
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Vince Megna, a high-profile lawyer in Wisconsin, was working on a satirical political video outside the walls of a state prison when he was told he was breaking the law."

"That, of course, just made the video much more satirical."

"'This is state property,' the prison guard tells Megna, who is standing on a public sidewalk open to all citizens."

"'We're telling you that you're trespassing, you cannot be on state property.'"

"'Filming the institution, period, is a very big security risk for us.'"

"Meanwhile, cars are continually whizzing the Waupun Correctional Institution, which is smack in the center of Waupun ..."

"In other words, these prisons are not exactly shrouded in secrecy." ...
 

NY: NYPD Takes Break From Beating Man To Threaten Videographer With Pepper Spray (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"New York City police officers were so busy kicking and beating a man with their batons that it took them 30 seconds to realize they were being recorded." ...
 

WI: Victim: Officers Performed Unnecessary Cavity Search
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"As Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn spoke of the suspensions of seven officers related to improper conduct, two men told 12 News they were victims of unnecessary body cavity searches."

"Police said seven officers and one supervisor have been temporarily reassigned to administrative duties pending the outcome of a department-initiated internal investigation."

"Flynn said the department initiated an investigation after a number of allegations were received in a short period of time regarding officers from District 5."

"Flynn said the investigation centered around whether department policies regarding the searching of prisoners -- and state statutes on searches -- were broken." ...
 

VA: America’s Gun Democracy, Locked, Loaded (video)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Virginia is for lovers — of guns. Last month the state overturned a 20-year-old law that barred residents from buying more than one handgun a month. Why? Apparently because in Virginia, firearms are like potato chips — you can’t stop at just on[sic]"
 

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